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Laura Keeley

About Me: 

My name is Laura Keeley and for the last 20 years I have been the Co-Director of Children’s Ministries (with my husband Bob) at 14th Street CRC in Holland, MI.  I really enjoy working with children and I have had the opportunity to see many children grow and mature in their faith. This has been a great joy and is one of the best parts of the job. 

I began my career as an elementary teacher.   For seven years I taught in both public and Christian school classrooms in Michigan, New Jersey and Colorado.   I received my Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in the Teaching of Reading.   I left full time classroom teaching when my first child was born.  I now have four married children.  Over the last ten years, I have done some writing of curriculum, Christmas dramas and books on Faith Milestones, Church Staff Handbook and Psalm Devotional for Families.   I also work for the CRCNA Faith Formation Ministries as a Regional Catalyzer.    


I am interested in Faith Formation, Worship, and Curriculum.  I would like to have time to read and learn more about cooking, photography and quilting.

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Bringing Faith Practices Home

In the midst of Family Jeopardy, photo scavenger hunts, and watching kids connect with extended family members, we took time to intentionally talk about how God has been with us and faithful to his promises.

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The new short board book, found (yes, all lowercase letters) by Sally Lloyd-Jones, is a great way to introduce kids to Psalm 23. I can see this book as a great bedtime book for a toddler. 

Faith NurtureChildren's Ministry
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Faith: Inspired by a Star

Hope is much more than just a blind wish. It's having a clear expectation and the confidence that what you hope for will come to pass. Like the wise men we too have hope—hope for today and for the future.  

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The Language of Faith

It's easy to see my 2-year-old granddaughter learning things about church each week, but adults are developing as well. Every week I’m shaping my faith language through the things I see and hear. 

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  • What a great summary of how we the church, the community of believers, can support youth by building relationships and walking together in life.  Thanks.

    posted on: Hope for Graduates
  • HI Caryn,

    During our addition we added lines to represent water to a cement block wall that would be covered with brick.  Everyone added their fingerprint to remember that we are baptized...

  • This post on Belonging leads directly to another toolkit from Faith Formation Ministries:  Building Blocks of Faith! Belonging is one of the Building Blocks and one of our needs for faith to grow...

  • Thanks Roger for this helpful comment.  Placing things that encourage faith based conversation is more what I had in mind.  Inspire, not require.  

  •  This week I had the same reaction from a church educator when I described how many people looked at a lesson after it was written before it was published -- She had no idea!  Thanks for the...

  •  "How Deep the Father's Love for Us"  by Stewart Townend touches my soul. 

  • A celebration is a great way to start of a new Sunday School year.  Here are a few ideas that you could do with your breakfast: 

    Chose some of the many Minute to Win It games available online...
  • Great idea, Karen.  In our church a verse is written in each Bible that is given to 2nd graders.  The verse is chosen by the pastor for that child.  In worship during the presentation the pastor...

    posted on: The Cookbook Bible
  • Thanks Jolanda and Kim!  I am looking forward to Jolanda's leadership on the Network!

    posted on: Moving On
  • What a great idea, Karen.  Thanks for sharing. 

    posted on: Left Overs?